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The Big Year by Mark Obmascik
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Nov 22, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: contemporary, nature, nonfiction
Read from November 14 to 16, 2011

Great fun, whether you have any birders in the family or not. The Big Year follows three birders: Sandy Komito, the type-A go-getter who had already won the competition once to see the most North American birds in a calendar year once; Al Levantin, a millionaire only slightly less driven, he's got a modicum of balance and is charming rather than abrasive; and Greg Miller, an overweight Christian college graduate, reeling from the breakup of his marriage and needing to work full-time de-bugging computers at a nuclear plant in the face of Y2K.
It's mostly an Amazing Race kind of story, more about the three birders than the birds, but with enough birding thrown in to learn something.
My mother-in-law advised reading it before seeing the movie—the movie's gone, but I'm glad I read it!

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